Watching Victoria Wood singing “Beat me on the bottom with a Woman’s Weekly” was a highlight of my childhood.
Comedians I admire talk about the subjective nature of comedy. One man’s wince is another man’s lol. I’ve seen more than one comedian get it wrong- my own vain attempts included.
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I prefer reading funny things to writing them in all honesty. It’s therapeutic. Comedy is great for mental health because who doesn’t need a good laugh now and then? Comedy should be prescribed by the NHS because “laughter is the best medicine.”
But, there is a fine line between being laughed with, to laughed at, isn’t there. I know The X Factor auditions, for example, at some point started to feel like vulnerable people were being made to look silly.
Although, equally, some contestants were deluded in their level of ability and had a bad attitude, so perhaps being made to look silly brought them down a peg or two? In which case, fair enough. Life has a tendency to keep our egos in check, doesn’t it.
The Nice is Right
When I write my reviews I try to “accentuate the positive” and “eliminate the negative” because in my experience, it’s so much harder to create something than to write about someone else’s work. Something I’ve learnt from writing reviews.
I have also learnt to walk away from the table when respect is no longer being served.